Electronic goods are fragile items and should be treated as such. This being said, most electronic goods get damaged during transit due to being incorrectly packed. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to correctly package your electronic goods for shipping.
- Use the Original Packaging
The best way to pack an electronic device is by using the original box that it was sent in. It is the safest too. As an extra security measure, the original packaging should be placed in a second, bigger cardboard box. It is important not to leave any empty spaces inside. Filling the space with polystyrene or foam chips is advised.
- Correct Preparation
The device should be disassembled where possible, placing each separate component into its own plastic bag. The device should be turned off or disabled during transit. The buttons of the device should be taped as an added safety measure. Shipping corner protectors should then be applied to the boxes, or if they are to be palletized, pallet corner protectors should be used to prevent shock-damage from falling.
- Internal Packaging
When sending small electronics, using packing peanuts and placing them between the items stops them from bumping into each other when in transit. Since foam peanuts sometimes stick to the electronics, you should use other cushioning materials such as bubble wrap or even thin blankets. When you pack electronic devices, use as much cushioning material as necessary. This will prevent the items from sliding around.
The box should be sealed thoroughly by using thick tape – both horizontally and vertically. Then gently shake to make sure the items don’t shift around. Shipping corner protectors can be applied to each box individually. For larger shipments, industrial corner protectors would be more suitable.